10.31.2013
 

When we were approached last year to help a family decorate their house in Beverly Hills for Halloween, we literally jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t be excited by the opportunity of decorating a front yard with spooky skeletons, over-sized bugs and spiders, and tons of tombstones? We immediately began pulling inspiration photos and came up with our concept, “Haunted Graveyard“, which we had just one short week to bring to life. This year however, we had an entire year to plan for this exciting decor opportunity and actually came up with the theme as we were taking down the decorations last year. With all that time to plan, you can only imagine the endless possibilities that arose as well as the creativity that would come. This year’s theme, Haunted Circus, is bigger, better, and scarier than we could have even hoped for, and we are so excited to finally share it with all of you. 

This circus was abandoned long ago, leaving the clowns and other circus performers as mere skeletons. However they couldn’t quite stay away … at night these skeletons come to life to put on one more show …

Each trick or treater is greeted at the ticket booth upon their arrival. 
 
 
 

The circus freaks (including the Siamese Twins and the Strong Man) keep to their tents to be viewed by anyone who dares.
 
For the lucky few that actually made it to their graves, the Eerie Acres Cemetery is where they call home.

The huge clown that guards this haunted circus was our original inspiration for this entire project. 
 
 
This clown and its pet rat are still laughing at each passer by. 
 

Two performers only job: to keep people entertained while working on some new tricks. 

These shoes were made for walking … on a tight rope that is, and even in death this swinging girl still has an act of her own.

 

 
 
Sparkly stands make a nice place to rest … in peace (while these clowns wait for their next act).
 

This creepy puppet master stands tall as he performs the final act of the night.

What is a circus finale without someone being shot out of a cannon? It’s the best way to shake up the crowd. 
 
 
 
Spiders, snakes, and other creepy crawlers have taken over these train cars as well as a good portion of the circus grounds. You can tell by the thick layer of spider webs that they have been there a long time. 
A little friendly competition never hurt anyone. These banjo players join in one last sing off for old time’s sake.
 
Another ticket booth is set up on the other side of the park with its own guard hiding in the shadows.
 
 
 

If you were to stop by this home this Halloween, you will see all of the amazing vintage circus props we rented and may even be “treated” to popcorn or some “rotten” candy. Although we are very proud of how the Haunted Circus we have created looks during the day, with the large amount of lighting and fog machines spread throughout the decor, it is truly a sight to see as the sun goes down and the circus performers come to life. We hope everyone has a fun Halloween. We know we will, as it has already been spent doing some of our favorite things … creating, coordinating, and collaborating to bring our Haunted Circus vision to life. 

 

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